Braves Turn the Tables on the Phillies, Tie NLDS

The Atlanta Braves scored 3-runs –all with two outs– in the bottom of the sixth inning  to break a scoreless tie and defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-0 in NLDS game two.  The Braves’ win ties the series at one game each heading into Friday’s game three in South Philadelphia.  

Phillies starter Zack Wheeler and Braves starter Kyle Wright engaged in a classic MLB postseason pitchers duel despite being lifted after the sixth.  

Wheeler took the loss after allowing three, two-out runs in the Braves’ half of the sixth.  Wheeler, who entered the inning with just 50-pitches, was able to get Marcell Ozuna and Eddie Rosario out in quick order.  It looked like the Phils’ ace was going to continue cruising through the inning. 

Trouble began when Wheeler plunked Braves slugger Ronald Acuna, Jr., who took a long period of time to recover from the hit by pitch.  Wheeler followed up with a walk to Dansby Swanson and three consecutive singles, by Matt Olson, Austin Riley, and Travis d’Arnaud respectively.  Just like that the Braves had a 3-0 lead.  

It was all they would need.  

Atlanta’s bullpen –AJ Minter, Raisel Inglesia, and Kenley Jansen– followed up Wright’s six scoreless innings with three scoreless innings of their own. The Phillies managed on measly three hits on night and were 0-for-3 with RISP.  
The series shifts back to Philadelphia for game three on Friday afternoon.  The Phillies will send AaronNola to the mound.  The Braves pitcher is TBD, however it is rumored to be SpencerStrider. First pitch is set for 4:37 PM.


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